Originally Posted by Top_Cat
. Anyway, how often does this sort of thing happen where a ball flies off and goes for four? Maybe a few times per international season. In short; bugger-all. Certainly not often enough that it should be legislated against.
You are right when it is in the middle of the game but imagine at the fag end of a game with maybe a couple of runs needed and the last pair going for a desparate run, the poor fielder may be faced with an absolutely impossible choice. He will be cursed if he doesnt throw and cursed if he sends it for over throws.
Its not always possible to have a back up for the first run. It dioesnt need a big argument to show what kind of field placings can create a situation where a throw off a tight first run will be impossible to back up.